Tonight the first Semi-Final of A Dal 2018 took place in Budapest, Hungary.
Nine acts performed in the first Semi-Final of A Dal 2018, which saw a total of 4 acts qualify for the final. As ever the qualifiers this evening were selected by the studio jury and the Hungarian public.
Performing tonight were (qualifiers in bold):
- Dánielfy Gergely – “Azt mondtad”
- Gulyás Roland – “H Y P N O T I Z E D”
- Ham ko Ham – Bármerre jársz
- Heincz Gábor (BIGA) – “Good vibez”
- Knoll Gabi – “Nobody to Die For”
- Leander Kills – “Not szól harang”
- Maszkura és a tücsökraj – “Nagybetűs szavak”
- SativuS – “Lusta lány”
- Süle Zsolt – “Zöld a május”
A Dal consists of three heats, two semi-finals and a Final. Taking place on every Saturday, starting on January 20th with the first heat and ending on February 24th with the Final. All shows will be hosted by Krista Rátonyi and Freddie, the Hungarian representative in 2016. The jury will consist of Károly Frenreisz, Miklós Both, Judit Schell and Misivel Mező.
The winner of A Dal 2018 will go on to represent Hungary at the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017 Hungary was represented by Joci Pápai with the song Origo which placed 8th in the Final.
Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, they were represented by Friderika Bayer and the song “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet”. She went on to finish in 4th place scoring a total of 122 points and four sets of 12 points. This result remains’ Hungary’s best in their history in the contest. Hungary participated from 1994 to 1994 before withdrawing until 2005, the country didn’t return again until 2008. Hungary then once again withdrew in 2010 before returning in 2011. Since their return in 2011 Hungary has qualified for the final every year.